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A fixture on Nashville’s indie singer-songwriter scene... - Rolling Stone

Alyssa is stunning, original, a future star in the making - Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees.)
She’s the goods! She’s the most inspiring and creative singer/songwriter I have seen in a long time.” - Jeffrey Steele (Songwriter’s Hall of Fame)


and it becomes crystal clear that Alyssa Bonagura was born to make music. With a voice that touches somewhere deep inside, her melodies and lyrics are as haunting as they are beautiful. From the youthful, bouncing ukulele sing along you may have heard on the nation wide 2012 Lowe's commercial, “I Make My Own Sunshine” to her rockin’, power-pop influenced “Warrior,” and everything in between, Alyssa has polished her own unique musical style. In a world where most artists tend to sound the same, Alyssa sounds fresh; new yet familiar; provocative yet reassuring. Born into a musical family, her mom and dad were RCA country music stars “Baillie And The Boys,” her cradle was the gentle rocking of a tour bus. Her play ground encompassed sound checks and back stage catering. Her “extended” family consisted of managers, promoters, drummers, pedal steel players, keyboards, guitars and the like. 

At the age of 3, Alyssa performed on the Ralph Emory television show, Nashville Now. Ralph wanted to be able to say, “She performed on my show first” where her version of the Leslie Gore classic; “It’s My Party” brought the house down in front of millions of national viewers. At age 10, one of those major acts, Kenny Rogers, decided Alyssa was the perfect “child singer” to record a duet with him on his Christmas CD, “Christmas From The Heart”. Then, when she was 13, Alyssa started her own 50 city tour opening up for Marty Stuart. Playing guitar and singing songs she wrote about “Fitting In” and “Boys”. It soon became obvious that she was the real deal, not only as a musician and singer but  as a prolific songwriter as well.

From there Alyssa’s songs found their way onto television shows, movies, as well as artists recording her songs on their own projects. After graduating high school, Alyssa received a full scholarship from Sennheiser to Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in the U.K., where she would spend the next three years earning a degree in Sound Technology while continuing to perform in local venues throughout Europe. It was there that Alyssa experienced what most artists never experience; a private performance requested by the Queen to help support one of Liverpool’s local charities. A performance with Ringo Starr at the 800th Anniversary of Liverpool’s, “Capital Of Culture 2008” event; a performance slot at two of the world’s largest music festivals; Glastonbury and Knowsley Hall on the same bill with super stars Jason Mraz, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen, and a UK tour with Raul Malo of The Mavericks.

Soon returning to her home in Nashville, TN, Alyssa got a publishing deal with Rondor Music in Los Angeles and landed one of the biggest nation wide commercial placements of 2012 with her song "I Make My Own Sunshine," which independently sold 50,000 downloads and over a million plays on spotify. Playing countless venues in nashville, not to mention festivals including Bonnaroo and the Sundance Film Festival, Alyssa has continued to hone her stage show in America and has created an underground buzz in the singer/songwriter community. “The English Diaries” was the first CD release, an all acoustic intimate collection of songs she produced and recorded herself in her apartment in Liverpool about her UK experiences. This was followed by another somewhat acoustic CD, “Before The Breaking”. The songs on those 2 CD’s are classic singer-songwriter styling’s showing what Alyssa can do all by herself armed with a guitar or a mandolin. The next CD “Love Hard”, which was funded by a 10K dollar global kickstarter campaign, takes us straight into the pop world where Alyssa spent her time programming beats, arranging strings, and rocking out on electric guitar.

After spending time in LA, New York & London writing with the top songwriters across the globe, Alyssa has come back to Nashville and has been writing with the likes of Jeffrey Steele, Hunter Hayes, and JD Souther. She's won Canadian songwriter of the year and song of the year for the song "I Only Smoke When I Drink" by the Small Town Pistols; co written Jessie James Decker's Billboard top 40 country single "Lights Down Low" and "Circles" on Warner Brother's country artist Jana Kramer's newest album "Thirty One." Alyssa currently finished her newest album "Road Less Traveled" which she produced with engineer & producer Mark Petaccia (Jason Isbell's Southeastern) and is currently setting a release date for 2016.


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The English Diaries

by Alyssa Bonagura

This is my journal from the 3 years I spent in Liverpool England. It’s about the people I met, the places I went, the love I gave, and the love that was given to me. I never could keep a hand written Diary...so I wrote this album instead. All songs written and recorded in my one bedroom flat in Liverpool produced and performed by me on my computer in the English Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer of 2006-2009.

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Love Hard

by Alyssa Bonagura

With the help of my fans and Kickstarter.com i was able to create an album which had been stuck in my head for years. As an artist paints different pictures, musical artists always tend to change their direction by inspiration. A step in a very different direction for me at the time was to create this pop album. It was so refreshing to hear the ideas in my head come to life. So happy that people supported my vision for this in 2012 after my song "I Make My Own Sunshine" was featured on a nationwide Lowe's commercial. I believe whatever direction we choose, if we put our minds to it and believe, then we will eventually get to the goal we are trying to achieve. When we get to the end of that road and say "Ok. I climbed that mountain. Now on to the next one." we take with us what we learned from the journey and apply it to our next creation. Thats how I feel about this record. I had to take a detour from my acoustic music and just rock out for a minute..